Greens push Scottish Government to make changes to PSE curriculum

27 February, 2017 - 15:31

The Greens are calling on the Scottish Government to press ahead with changes to Personal & Social Education classes (PSE), after a majority of MSPs backed a campaign for LGBTI issues to be taught in all schools.

BBC plans must result in work for Scottish firms to benefit our economy

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 24 Feb

Scotland’s political landscape has been reacting this week to the BBC’s proposals to create a new TV channel for Scotland, with a nightly news programme combining domestic and international news from a Scottish perspective.

Report could "pave the way" for the retention of an autonomous Highlands & Islands Enterprise

23 February, 2017 - 16:53

John Finnie MSP, Rural & Island Communities spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (23 Feb) gave a cautious welcome to a report which he said could "pave the way" for the retention of an autonomous Highlands & Islands Enterprise.

The report, by Professor Lorne Crerar, into a new strategic board covering Scotland's enterprise agencies recommends replacing existing agency boards with repurposed Delivery Boards with smaller memberships and more focussed remits.   

John Finnie, Scottish Green MSP for the Highlands & Islands, said:

SFC board merger poses serious risks to the funding of our universities

23 February, 2017 - 16:51

Ross Greer MSP, Education and Skills spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (23 Feb) expressed concern after a report for Scottish Ministers failed to rule out changes to the Scottish Funding Council which could damage universities' funding.

The report, by Professor Lorne Crerar, into a new strategic board covering the SFC and enterprise agencies urges an early decision on whether or not the board is chaired by a Minister.

Greens welcome assurance that new BBC channel head to be based in Scotland

23 February, 2017 - 15:40

The Scottish Greens have welcomed the reassurance given by the BBC Director General today that it is essential for commissioning editors for Scotland to be based in Scotland and that they would be unable to do their job if this was not the case.

This came in response to Green MSP Ross Greer highlighting at Holyrood’s Culture committee that the position of Acting Drama Commissioning Editor, Scotland, based in Glasgow appears to be set for replacement by a Commissioner position advertised as being based in London.

GREEN BUDGET SUPPORT MEANS CRISIS CUTS CAN BE AVERTED

23 February, 2017 - 14:39

Scottish Green MSPs point to cancelled cuts in local council areas across Scotland, thanks to agreement ahead of today's Stage Three vote at Holyrood on the Budget Bill.

Green MSPs have achieved more in this year’s budget than any party has won in any previous budget concessions, by persuading the Scottish Government to allocate an additional £160million for councils to spend on local priorities.

As part of the Greens' support for the Budget Bill, Scottish Ministers have abandoned their proposed tax giveaway for high earners. 

We must use new powers to help people access the benefits they're entitled to

22 February, 2017 - 17:21

Alison Johnstone MSP, Social Security spokesperson, today (22 Feb) welcomed comments by the Social Security minister that she is considering an automatic approach for applicants to the new Scottish system.

In their submission to the Scottish Government's consultation on using new social security powers, the Scottish Greens proposed that when someone applies for a benefit, they should be considered for all Scottish social security payments and services. This would ensure vulnerable people receive what they are entitled to, tackling poverty and poor health.

Transport stats show lack of support for public transport

22 February, 2017 - 16:33

Statistics by Transport Scotland published today illustrate how the Scottish Government has neglected supporting public transport in favour of car travel say the Scottish Greens.

Scottish Transport Statistics also reveals decline in bus use throughout Scotland.

John Finnie MSP, the Scottish Greens’ transport spokesperson, said:

Greens question UK government’s commitment to science funding

22 February, 2017 - 16:23

Scotland could be set to lose out on its share of €80 billion of science funding it has been revealed, after the Secretary of State for Scotland was questioned by a Green MSP.

People recognise Tory greenwash

22 February, 2017 - 13:55

Mark Ruskell MSP, Environment spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (22 Feb) described Tory proposals for the environment as "greenwash".

Mark said:

“The frackers’ friends, the Tories, have no environmental credentials. Actions always speak louder than words, and the actions of their UK Government have set back the creation of jobs in Scotland’s renewables industry. 

"As they flap about, trying to shed their nasty image, people will recognise greenwash when they see it.”